Paris, 9 December 2015
Through Decision No. 2015-1454 of 24 November 2015, ARCEP accepted the bids
that were made by Bouygues Telecom, Free Mobile, Orange France and SFR during
the frequency allocation procedure for the 700 MHz band.
Tomorrow, ARCEP issued each of these candidates a licence to use frequencies in
this band. This step marks the completion of the allocation procedure. These
licences list the terms and conditions for using the frequencies which had been
established as part of the procedure, and notably rollout obligations which
are summarised in the annex.
In total, the winning candidates will pay the State a combined set fee of €2,798,976,324,
to be settled in four instalments between 2015 and 2018. They will also pay
a variable annual fee equal to one percent of the revenue earned from the use
of these frequencies.
The frequencies, which are currently being used for digital television broadcasting,
will gradually become available across the country between April 2016 and July
Annex - Coverage obligations